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These are the best city building games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated city-builder games for PC, mobile, and Mac are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest city-building games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these city builders are considered the best in the genre. If you're only familiar with the SimCity franchise, then prepare to find a ton of other games that are less known but equally as fun. If you're a fan of the Settlers franchise in particular, then you'll want to check out this list of the best games from the Settlers series.

This list includes all challenging city building video games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new city-builder games. These games, like SimCity and Pharaoh include images when available. This list answers the questions, "What are the best city-building games?" and "What is the greatest city building games of all time?" If you're looking for a list of games like SimCity then this list is exactly what you need.

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Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999 Pharaoh is an isometric city-building game set in Ancient Egypt created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. It involves the construction and ...more

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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Caesar III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar III 1998 Caesar III is a video game developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment; the third installment of the Caesar series, part of Sierra's City Building Series. It was ...more

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Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 2011 Tropico 4 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. It is a construction and management simulation video game, which focuses on a city-building simulation. ...more

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Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Zeus: Master of Olympus 2000 Zeus: Master of Olympus is the fifth full title of the City Building Series developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Like previous titles, Zeus focuses on the ...more

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SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003 SimCity 4 is a city-building/urban planning simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. It was released on January 14, 2003. It is the fourth installment in the ...more

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Banished is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished Banished is an upcoming city-building strategy game focused on careful resource management and survival as an isolated and growing society. The player guides citizens of a remote community of ...more

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Ki... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom 2002 Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom is the sixth title in the City Building Series. BreakAway Games was contracted for Emperor after having previously worked on Queen of the Nile. Emperor is the ...more

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SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4: Rush Hour 2003 SimCity 4: Rush Hour is the expansion pack for SimCity 4 created by EA Games and Maxis, where the player builds a city from scratch.

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SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 2000 1993 SimCity 2000 is a city-building simulation video game and the second installment in the SimCity series. SimCity 2000 was first released by Maxis in 1994 for computers running Apple Macintosh ...more

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Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1404 2009 Anno 1404, known as Dawn of Discovery in North America, is a city-building and economic simulation game of the Anno series, with real-time strategy elements. Released in 2009, it was developed ...more

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Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 2070 2011 Anno 2070 is a city-building and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements. It is the 5th game of the Anno series. It was released on 17 November 2011, and was co-developed by ...more

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Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006 Anno 1701, also marketed as 1701 A.D., is a video game of the Anno series with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Germany-based Related Designs and published by ...more

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SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 3000 1999 SimCity 3000 is a city building simulation personal computer game released in 1999, and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts and developed by ...more

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Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis 2001 Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is a historical city building game expansion pack set in ancient Greece. It is the expansion pack to Zeus: Master of Olympus. Its most visible addition was the new ...more

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Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile 2004 Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is a city-building game set in ancient Egypt, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game was released November 2004 in the United States and February ...more

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Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV 2006 Caesar IV is a city-building game set in ancient Rome, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game was released on September 26, 2006 in North America. The game features a three-dimensional ...more

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Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL 2009 Cities XL is a city-building computer game developed by Monte Cristo as a sequel to their earlier game City Life. It was originally scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2009, but was ...more

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Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993 Stronghold is a Dungeons & Dragons city-building real-time strategy computer game published by SSI and developed by Stormfront Studios in 1993.

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Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009 Tropico 3 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. Like the previous games in the series, Tropico 3 is a construction and management simulation game with ...more

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RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro ...more

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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003 Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is the 2003 sequel to the computer game Tropico. Tropico 2 was developed by Frog City Software and published by Gathering of Developers for Windows and Mac OS X PCs.

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CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
CivCity: Rome 2006 CivCity: Rome is a city building strategy game by Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games. It includes elements from two well-known game series, Caesar and Civilization. The player manages various ...more

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom 2010 The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is a real-time strategy and city-building video game developed by Blue Byte Software and published by Ubisoft. It was released on March 23, 2010 for Microsoft ...more

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The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
The Settlers: Rise of an Empire The Settlers: Rise of an Empire, a real-time strategy game, is the sixth game in The Settlers series. It was developed by Blue Byte and published by UbiSoft, with a US release date of September ...more

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Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3: Absolute Power 2010 Tropico 3: Absolute Power is a 2010 simulation video game.

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Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Civilization is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization Civilization is a series of turn-based strategy, 4X video games, many of them produced by Sid Meier. As of 12 March 2008, the Civilization franchise has sold more than 8 million copies, ...more

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Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Grand Ages: Rome 2009 Grand Ages: Rome is a 2009 city-building and real-time strategy game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. It was released in Europe on March 6, 2009 and in North America ...more

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002 RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a construction and management simulation PC game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Infogrames, the game was released ...more

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Tropico is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Tropico 2001 Tropico is a series of construction and management simulation computer games developed by PopTop Software and published by Gathering of Developers in April 2001. Feral Interactive has developed ...more

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SimCity is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989 SimCity, later renamed SimCity Classic, is a city-building simulation video game, first released on February 2, 1989, and designed by Will Wright for the Macintosh computer. SimCity was Maxis's ...more

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Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000 Anno 1602: Creation of a New World is a video game with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Austria-based Max Design company. It was first published in 1998 and is ...more

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Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Knights of Honor 2004 Knights of Honor is a real-time strategy game developed by Bulgarian Black Sea Studios. It was published by Sunflowers GmbH in Europe in 2004 and Paradox Entertainment in North America in 2005. ...more

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Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Dwarf Fortress 2006 Dwarf Fortress is a part construction and management simulation, part roguelike, freeware indie video game created by Tarn and Zach Adams. In development since 2002, its first alpha version was ...more

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The Settlers III: Quest of the... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Imperium Romanum 2008 Imperium Romanum is a 2008 video game for Microsoft Windows developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. The game is a city-building game where players are governor of a province ...more

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Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization III: Conquests 2003 Civilization III: Conquests is the second and final expansion for the award-winning and best-selling computer game Civilization III. It was published in 2003. This expansion added eight new ...more

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Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 2003 Anno 1503: The New World is a game of the Anno series with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Austria-based Max Design company. It revolves around building and ...more

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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Civilization IV 2005 Sid Meier's Civilization IV is a turn-based strategy computer game and the fourth installment of the Civilization series. It was developed by lead designer Soren Johnson under the direction of ...more

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Towns is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/ Towns is a 2012 simulation video game. Its influences are cited as Diablo, Dungeon Keeper and Dwarf Fortress on the official website. It was released on Steam Greenlight on November 7, 2012, as ...more

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Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Glory of the Roman Empire 2006 Glory of the Roman Empire is a 2006 city-building game set during the age of the Roman Empire, developed by Haemimont Games. The game was released on 26 June 2006 in the United States. The game ...more

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Caesar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar Caesar is a city-building computer game where the player undertakes the role of a Roman governor, building ancient Roman cities. Released in 1992 on the Amiga, ported the next year to Atari ST, ...more

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Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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SimCity Societies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity Societies 2007 SimCity Societies is a city-building simulation computer game developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, and is part of the Sim games series. The gameplay is ...more

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Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Tycoon City: New York 2006 Tycoon City: New York is a 2006 city-building game that was developed by DR Studios. The game first released on February 21, 2006 and players are tasked with developing New York City, ...more

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Tropico 5 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time